WestJet Adds St. Lucia to Growing List of Sun Destinations



    Airline also connects Hamilton to hotspots like Nassau, Fort Lauderdale,
    Orlando and Tampa.

    CALGARY, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - WestJet (TSX:WJA) today announced the
introduction of new seasonal non-stop service from Toronto to St. Lucia (UVF).
Service to this new sun destination begins December 16, 2007. WestJet's
enhanced winter schedule also includes new non-stop flights from Hamilton to
Nassau, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Tampa.
    "St. Lucia represents the fifth international country for scheduled
service," said Chris Avery, WestJet Vice-President, Network and Revenue
Management. "These announcements are part of WestJet's measured expansion
plans to fly to over 60 destinations by 2013. Our fleet of 68 Boeing
Next-Generation 737 aircraft is perfectly suited for these destinations,
providing live seatback TV and pay-per-view movies at every seat. We are
confident that the exceptional guest experience provided by our more than
6,500 WestJetters will make these destinations a success.
    "We are also pleased to announce exciting news for Hamilton, Ontario.
Hamiltonians have embraced WestJet since our arrival in 2000 and these new
routes demonstrate our commitment to southwestern Ontario. Connecting Hamilton
to these sun destinations is another way for WestJet to meet the needs of our
guests. Our record load factors announced today shows, yet again, that
WestJet's schedule fits with the travel demands of Canadians."
    "Over the past three years, WestJet has grown to 19 sun destinations
offering guests across Canada the opportunity to travel south in the winter.
WestJet also recently announced the addition of six other new hot spots:
Montego Bay (Jamaica), Puerto Plata (Dominican Republic) and Punta Cana
(Dominican Republic), Mazatlan (Mexico), Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) and Kona
(Hawaii)."
    "This is exciting news for WestJet Vacations," said John Hamilton,
Vice-President, WestJet Vacations. "This expansion enriches the already strong
package offerings to our sun destinations. I am confident that our value-added
vacation packages will offer something for everyone."
    "We are pleased that WestJet has chosen St. Lucia as its first
destination in the Southern Caribbean. A partnership with WestJet is an
important component of St. Lucia's continuing commitment to increasing tourism
from the Canadian market," says Senator Allen Chastanet, St. Lucia's Minister
of tourism and civil aviation. "We hope Canadian travellers will take
advantage of this new service to visit friends and family, conduct business or
simply vacation on our beautiful island."

    
    Starting December 16, 2007 WestJet will provide seasonal non-stop service
to St. Lucia.

    Toronto - St. Lucia (Sunday)
    Starts December 16, 2007
    Introductory fares starting at $269 (taxes and surcharges extra)
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    Flight                           Departure         Arrival
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    From Toronto - WS1116             9:30 a.m.       3:36 p.m.
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    From St. Lucia - WS1117           4:30 p.m.       9:15 p.m.
    -----------------------------------------------------------

    Starting as early as February 15, 2008, WestJet will provide seasonal
non-stop service from Hamilton to the following sun destinations:

    Hamilton - Nassau, Bahamas (Friday)
    Starts February 15, 2008
    Introductory fares starting at $239 (taxes and surcharges extra)
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    Flight                           Departure         Arrival
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    From Hamilton - WS994             3:30 p.m.       6:35 p.m.
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    From Nassau - WS995              11:15 a.m.       2:34 p.m.
    -----------------------------------------------------------

    Hamilton - Fort Lauderdale (Tuesday and Saturday)
    Starts February 16, 2008
    Introductory fares starting at $197 (taxes and surcharges extra)
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    Flight                           Departure         Arrival
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    From Hamilton - WS986             2:45 p.m.       5:57 p.m.
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    From Fort Lauderdale - WS987        11 a.m.       1:55 p.m.
    -----------------------------------------------------------

    Hamilton - Orlando (Wednesday and Sunday)
    Starts February 17, 2008
    Introductory fares starting at $197 (taxes and surcharges extra)
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    Flight                           Departure         Arrival
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    From Hamilton - WS992             2:40 p.m.       5:17 p.m.
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    From Orlando - WS993             11:15 a.m.       1:46 p.m.
    -----------------------------------------------------------

    WestJet also previously announced seasonal non-stop service from Hamilton
to Orlando on Saturdays starting November 10, 2007.

    Hamilton - Tampa (Monday and Thursday)
    Starts February 18, 2008
    Introductory fares starting at $197 (taxes and surcharges extra)
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    Flight                           Departure         Arrival
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    From Hamilton - WS944             2:50 p.m.       5:43 p.m.
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    From Tampa - WS945               11:15 a.m.       1:50 p.m.
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    

    More detailed information about WestJet's enhanced winter schedule and
low introductory fares is available at westjet.com. Seats are available for
sale immediately and can be booked online at westjet.com, by calling
1-888-WESTJET or through travel agents.
    WestJet has applied for, and received, authority to provide scheduled air
travel to St. Lucia. This is subject to receipt of government license for
operation.

    About WestJet

    WestJet is Canada's leading low-fare airline offering scheduled service
throughout its 38-city North American and Caribbean network. Named Canada's
most admired corporate culture in 2005 and 2006, WestJet pioneered low-cost
high-value flying in Canada. With increased legroom and leather seats on its
modern fleet of 68 Boeing Next-Generation 737 aircraft, and live seatback
television provided by Bell ExpressVu on the majority of its fleet, WestJet
strives to be the number one choice for travellers.





For further information:

For further information: WestJet, Media Relations, Gillian Bentley,
(403) 444-2615, Email: gbentley@westjet.com, Website: www.westjet.com


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